Equipping disciples: Broadening the understanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus

For American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), equipping disciples means supporting and enabling highly-motivated Christian disciple-makers who are delivering the Good News of Jesus Christ and producing life-saving and life-giving change in individuals and congregations across the United States and Puerto Rico.

Our Equipping Disciples team seeks to broaden the understanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. The team nurtures discipleship by building a network of highly-motivated agents of change who are sharing the Good News and impacting the world with God’s love. Ultimately, our goal is to encourage authentic Christian discipleship in which the fullness of the Gospel—both its personal and social implications—are manifested in individuals living Jesus’ message, involved in their communities and carrying out the Gospel call.

ABHMS is passionate about building a network of highly-motivated Christian disciple-makers who are receiving encouragement and quality resources that improve their effectiveness in equipping a multitude of Christians to share Jesus’ Good News. Our Equipping Disciples team facilitates virtual communities and networks of American Baptists engaged in discipleship for mutual support and enrichment. The team also provides Church Transformation and Evangelism resources along with Workshops for Church Life and Leadership , the Discipleship & Christian Education Guide and The Christian Citizen magazine. In addition, discipleship materials are available from ABHMS’ publishing ministry, Judson Press, on topics ranging from Christian living, Christian education, church leadership and Bible study to preaching, pastoral ministry and Baptist heritage.

Our Equipping Disciples team embraces the broad spectrum of American Baptist partners, understanding that our diversity offers a fuller image of what it means to live out the Gospel. By valuing a variety of approaches to Christian discipleship and spiritual formation—including intentional teaching and learning through participation in the life of faith communities through worship and fellowship along with outward mission and service—we respond to different needs and contexts and reach more Christ-followers.